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March 15, 2016 > Alert Day 2016

Alert Day 2016

Submitted By Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty

American Diabetes AssociationÕs ÒAlert DayÓ is an annual event held every fourth Tuesday in March. It is a one-day wake-up call asking the public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a growing epidemic in the U.S., but it can be controlled with knowledge and healthy behavior. Early intervention via lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and increased physical activity, can help delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

On Alert Day 2015, nearly 29,000 people committed themselves to taking the test. Results uncovered an overwhelming outcomeÑover 37 percent of those tested that day alone were considered high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

The test takes just one minute to complete, but doing so can protect people for a lifetime. Alert Day 2016 will take place on Tuesday, March 22. All Americans are encouraged to take the free risk test at http://goo.gl/52T9qz or by calling 1-800-DIABETES, and share it with everyone they know. Though Alert Day is on March 22, the Diabetes Risk Test is available online year-round.

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